When first looking at East Coast MMA and Fitness — an unassuming, perhaps even drab grey building near a set of train tracks in Hicksville — one would never suspect that it actually houses a state-of-the-art, 6,000 square foot gym dedicated to fighting, fitness, and fun.
For Dolores Sartor, the holiday season doesn’t mean more giving, it means continuing to give as she does the other 11 months of the year.
“As a Christian, I feel that it’s something I should be doing to help other people who are less fortunate than I am,” the Hicksville resident says.
Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.
It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.”
“We had a company Facebook page for people to vote. We couldn’t believe one of the votes came from the County Executive himself,” Joe says.
The end-of-year holiday is the season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
The old proverb, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime” doesn’t seem to be limited to piscines. In the case of Hicksville resident William Artuso, learning a skill to solve a problem applied to soaps.
Artuso has sensitive skin and many soap products would leave his skin red and irritated. Instead of just buying all natural soap at the store, he decided to learn how to make his own.
The Hicksville Water District recently announced Nicholas Brigandi’s re-election as a member of the Board of Water Commissioners. Serving his 11th consecutive term on the board, Brigandi has led several initiatives including infrastructural improvements and increasing environmental awareness in the District.
“I am grateful for the ongoing support from the community,” said Brigandi. “I will continue working towards providing residents the highest quality water at the lowest rates.”
The Hicksville Fire Department was among the companies present last week, when a living room, complete with gifts under the decorated tree, turned into a roaring inferno that enveloped the Cape-style home in a matter of minutes.
Kennedy Park turned into Hicksville’s own winter-wonderland during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kennedy Park on Saturday, Dec. 7.
“The Tree Lighting brings the community together,” said James Bentson, the event chairman and member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club. “It’s a really great thing.”
Although the weather was freezing and members of the community were bundled up in their heaviest winter gear, the Lady’s Auxiliary Club was there to hand out hot chocolate to keep everyone warm.The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club as well as the Hicksville Fire Department were in charge of the event. “The Rotary Club organized the ceremony, but the Hicksville Fire Department decorated the tree, brought the fire truck, and brought Santa,” said Bentson.
The toy biz sure has changed in recent years.
No longer the sole domain of kids, toy collecting has evolved to include an ever-increasing adult segment of the market; grown men (and yes, women too) who devote a sizable amount of their time and income placating their inner child, proving that while everyone grows up, it’s important to remain young at heart.
The industry itself has also changed to reflect this growing trend, creating a market that produces sophisticated, cutting-edge collectible figures and memorabilia based on a variety of subjects, ranging from movies, comic books, and more; in addition, vintage toys of years past remain sought-after by collectors.
Visitors to the concession stand at Triangle Park might notice a difference in the snack’s shack’s name, as it was recently rededicated to honor longtime Hicksville American Soccer Club (HASC) Vice President Joe Visconti.
The building rededication came as a surprise to the Hicksville resident, who found out about the renaming when he arrived at Triangle Park to find his friends, family and local legislatures gathered around a new sign on the concession stand that read “Joe Visconti Snack Shack.”
“I was very touched. It was amazing that they did that for me,” said Visconti.
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